A casino is set to open November 1st and while it might not be in Nebraska, it might as well be.
The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska say the Prairie Flower Casino at Carter Lake will open next Thursday after a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.
Though Nebraska doesn’t allow casinos, Iowa does. And Carter Lake is a part of Iowa, though it is located across the Missouri River, next to Eppley Airfield in Omaha, three miles from Omaha’s downtown
The Prairie Flower covers five acres of land, a 9,500-square-foot casino which will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will have 200 slot machines as well as a full-service bar. Table games could come later.
Tribal leaders say casino profits will be poured into the Ralston health clinic as well as other programs for tribal citizens.
The Ponca Tribe includes 4,200 residents of Nebraska and Iowa.
Officials in Nebraska and Iowa have failed in their attempts to stop the tribe from following through with the casino. Nebraska joined the state of Iowa and the city of Council Bluffs, Iowa in challenging the ruling of the National Indian Gaming Commission that gave the Ponca Tribe permission to build a casino there.
A casino at Carter Lake would come the closest to establishing a casino in Nebraska. Council Bluffs worries a casino there would draw gamblers away from its casinos, across the Missouri River from Omaha.